Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jesus doesn’t mince words when he says, “Forget yourself, take up your cross and follow me. For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it...” These days, as in Jesus’ day, individuals are so preoccupied with ‘saving’ their lives through health regimens, mind games and correct political affiliations, that they lose sight of the most important factor of life: purifying and growing their souls for eternity. As the co-Creator of humankind, Jesus knew the most effective way of engaging God’s plan for salvation. He knows that as we give of ourselves for His sake, generously pouring out our time, treasure and talents into relationships, conversations and actions that point others to the grace and mercy of God, we are indeed fulfilling our divinely designed destiny and our souls’ deepest desires. How generous am I with my life for the sake of Christ Jesus and the Good News of salvation? Holy Spirit of God, guide me to give my life generously for Christ’s sake.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
Don’t be daunted by the cross. The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one, and if God suffered so much for love, the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself.
St. Padre Pio
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.